Friday, June 3, 2011

Gaiam Yoga For Weight Loss Kit

Gaiam Yoga For Weight Loss Kit

Ignite your metabolism and increase endurance with this fat-burning yoga workout with Jill Miller. Uniquely designed 3 lb. push-up weights add resistance to help you lose weight faster. The ergonomic weights are integrated into each pose in this 60 minute workout to heat up your body for ultra-efficient toning and fat burning. The round bolster helps add support to poses and with its unique rounded shape, can be used as a comfortable seat during the post-workout meditation. Made in China. A Gaiam Exclusive!

Includes two 3lb push-up weights that add resistance for increased fat burning and weight loss. Includes multi-purpose rounded foam bolster that supports you in poses and can be used for post-workout meditation. 60 minute DVD includes workouts for functional strengthening, kinetic conditioning and BONUS core connect.

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With 23 years experience in yoga, Jill has a deep understanding of its natural ability to heal the body in emotional, spiritual and physical ways. She calls it strengthening from the inside out. Jill teaches out of Santa Monica, California and offers workshops and retreats internationally that infuse yoga with modern dance, Pilates, breathwork, shiatsu and other moving arts. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Breathe Magazine, Yogi Times, and on NPR. Jill has also produced several high profile DVD series.

Product Features
  • Ignite your metabolism and increase endurance
  • A fat-burning yoga workout with Jill Miller
  • Uniquely designed 3 lb. push-up weights add resistance to help you lose weight faster
  • An ultra-efficient toning and fat burning workout
  • A Gaiam Exclusive!
Customers' Review

This kit is an offering from lifestyle company Gaiam and yoga instructor Jill Miller. Although Miller's name may not yet be immediately recognizable, she has quickly developed a strong fan base built on both her personally-produced DVD series, Yoga Tune-Up, and her subsequent collaboration with Pranamaya. Miller is known for her knowledge of anatomy and movement and her ability to impart this knowledge while teaching yoga. Here she takes her teachings a step further than ever before by adding a strength training component designed to facilitate weight loss.

The Yoga for Weight Loss Workout Kit includes three components: the workout DVD (in a simple cardboard sleeve), two 3-pound purple handled "push-up" weights, and a round purple 8" x 3" foam yoga block (Gaiam calls this a "bolster," but Miller refers to it as the "disk" during the workouts). The DVD contains two workouts, each just over 30 minutes in length. Miller describes the first workout, Functional Strengthening, as a session to focus on toning the buttocks, core, and arms. For the second workout, Kinetic Conditioning, she states that you will be "consciously sweating." Finally, the DVD also includes "Core Connect," a bonus abs segment. All three sessions are filmed outdoors, and Miller is teaching in bare feet, with the only other equipment needed being a yoga mat.

This kit definitely offers something from Jill Miller that we haven't seen before. She does an excellent job of staying true to her yoga roots while still providing challenging, strength-focused workouts. I'm not convinced that these workouts would be likely to produce weight loss per se, but they could certainly be the foundation of a beginning strength program. Furthermore, even more advanced exercisers will likely benefit from Miller's skill in taking the body through unique ranges of motion and providing superb functional training. Although some of the moves in these workouts are probably a bit too demanding for new exercisers, overall, Miller is quite accessible, and I would recommend the Yoga for Weight Loss Kit to a fairly wide audience.

Ok so I wanted to start yoga and this is perfect ill tell u i get up everymorning at 530 and do it!! u just feel so great after i dont even want to do anything else. when i bought this i also ordered a yoga for beginners and let me tell u i hate it its so boring and most of the moves are the same except without the weights but its just not as good as this i have referred it to all my friends. ive been going at it 3 weeks already and dont plan on stopping. im toning up just nice and its a great way to start ur day also helps me relax from a stressful day as well so it doesnt say for beginers but if u cant do something she shows u another way u can do it so its just perfect if this is your first time or if uve been doing yoga for awhile.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Healthy Snacking For Losing Weight

Healthy Snacking For Losing Weight

One of the main reason you eat is because you are hungry and you stop eating when you are full but that isn't the only reason people eat, there are many who eats junk food when they are moody or bored.

Try to lose weight is more of a mental restrain. We need to know, what to eat, when to eat and we should know how much we need to eat.

Easier said than done. Habits are hard to break. The habit of using food to make us feel better and the habit of eating when we have nothing else to do are habits that must be broken in order to lose weight.

Maybe it is two in the afternoon on a Saturday, there's nothing on TV and you have no plans, so you decide that it is a good time for snack. Are you hungry? No, but you always have a snack around two. That's fine if the snack is fruit or any other healthy snack.

Unfortunately the snack may be chips, cookies or everything else that might just be fattening. Why not have an apple or a low fat yogurt as a snack? Your mind just can't get past the idea that junk food tastes better then fruit.

Is it possible for a change of mindset? Will the change be easy?
Two things that have to change,

Firstly boredom is not a reason for eating and next healthy snacks can taste as good as junk food. You need to write a note to yourself and put it in a visible place in the kitchen saying that boredom is not a reason for eating. I know that sounds corny, but it is simple and it can remind you if you get a little forgetful.

As for the junk food, think exactly why you prefer junk food, it's the sweet or fattening taste and the habit of eating them. Oranges and apples are sweet too; give them a try or any other fruit that you want. Remember it is a habit to eat junk food; it can be a habit to eat the right foods.

Tell yourself that you are going to try it for a week. Each day write down the snacks you ate and why you ate them. At the end of the week, look over what you have written. Eating healthy snacks makes sense and you really know that. The taste of healthy foods or snacks can be as enjoyable as junk food and you know that too.

Think about it and give healthy snacks a try.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Why do I feel foggy if I only eat 800 calories a day?

Why do I feel foggy if I only eat 800 calories a day?

  1. Actually it is exactly like your starving your self. Both body and mind need more that 800 calories a day to run a day to day life.... this includes brain function and energy levels (this is why you feel foggy)
    All your systems are running on half to save calories for you to keep living... as well as being very damaging to most of your body your also ruining any metabolism you might have had, and as a result you will find it very hard to lose weight or keep weight off in the future (when you start eating like a normal person).
  2. Your body is in starvation mode. it happens when you eat less than 1200 calories a day. why are you doing this. your body is holding onto fats and will eventually eat muscle. eat more.
  3. A normal person needs at least 1200 calories in a day. If you eat lesser than this then your body will react differently. Your body has to perform a lot of functions during the day, and if you do not give it the desired quantity, then it will also not help you. Respect your body.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Four Simple Cardio Programs to Burn Fat Super Fast

Jumping Rope

Jumping rope provides a number of health benefits: not only is it a great cardiovascular exercise that burns calories and fat, but it also develops good coordination between the hands and feet, as well as rhythm (muscle coordination). The greatest thing about jumping rope is that it is very inexpensive and you can do it almost anywhere.

Jumping rope has been proven to be a very effective method for burning fat. It has been shown to burn as many as 1,000 calories per hour. Wow, that is some serious caloric expenditure! Some of the best and leanest athletes swear by it. Movies often depict professional boxers skipping rope because it develops great cardiovascular endurance and stamina. It's no wonder that boxers are some of the best-conditioned athletes.

Grab a jump rope and try it yourself!

Stand erect, but relaxed, when you jump.
Keep your knees slightly bent.
Look straight ahead, not at your feet.
Land on the balls of your feet, not on your heels.
Keep your arms fairly still, do not flail.

Start by jumping slowly, building up your speed so you can jump rope more quickly over time. See how many times you can jump without missing. Try to do 100 skips before you have to stop – then, beat that record the next time. Do 50 super fast jumps, followed by 50 slower jumps.

Jumping rope is great for the whole family. Have even more fun by getting some friends to play Double-Dutch. Jump rope for 30 minutes, five times a week, and watch your waistline shrink. Go invest in a jump rope today, and quickly get the body you want.

Jumping on a Trampoline

Jumping on a trampoline – yes, I said jumping on a trampoline – is a great workout. It not only develops excellent proprioception (body awareness), but it also burns a ton of fat and calories. And did you know that the rhythmic bouncing has a powerful effect on the lymphatic system, which builds a stronger immune system?

A trampoline provides exercise that are easy on the joints, very low in stress, and great for the body.

It's easy to start a trampoline regimen. Buy a mini-trampoline for your living room and jump while watching your favorite TV show, or bounce to a trampoline workout video. For tons of family fun, buy a large trampoline for the backyard. Start jumping on your trampoline for 30 minutes a day and bounce away your pounds.

Outdoor Sprints

A Great workout: go outside and sprint as hard and fast as you possibly can. Once you feel like you're going to collapse, stop; walk until you're no longer huffing and puffing; then, sprint again. You might call this the 'Forrest Gump' Workout. Repeat as many times as you can, or until you complete a full 30 minutes of sprints and rest/walking.

This is a very intense workout, so you need a good level of fitness and conditioning before trying it. Sprint your butt off, walk until you catch your breath, then do it again. The harder you push yourself, combined with the faster and longer distance you run, the sooner you will get in shape and the more fat you will lose.

Outdoor sprints offer fat loss and a great body at no cost, so push harder than you ever have pushed before. If this sounds too difficult, consider the payoff. Any successful athlete will tell you they have put their bodies through this type of workout challenge.

If you are in good physical health, a sprint workout is extremely safe – so remember, just because you might feel like quitting doesn't mean you have to. In other words, keep pushing and get your butt in shape, no whining, no complaining; just results, and a happy, more confident you.

Stadium Stairs

Running up stairs is a great no-cost, outdoor workout available at your local high school or college stadium. Sprint to the top of the stadium, then walk down the stairs. Remember, safety first! As soon as you get to the bottom, sprint back up to the top, and repeat.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Getting That Stubborn Weight Off - Start Today

Getting That Stubborn Weight Off - Start Today

By Steve Marcs Platinum Quality Author

Many people have a tough time getting the weight off and keeping it off. Losing weight does not need to be hard, it can be made easy if you know how. We need to know what we are eating, how can we change something if we don't know what we are eating? What many people don't do is check the labels of food. When looking at the food are you eating sugar, fat, is there no protein in the food is the food filled with chemicals. Looking at what you are eating can tell you a lot and help you lose weight.

When trying to lose weight and you want to lose one pound the number of calories needs to be 3500 less of what is coming into your body now. When doing the calculation and you want to lose 1 pound in a week the number of calories that need to be reduced is 500 a day. There are many easy ways to do this, exercise will burn calories and fat, changing the types of foods we eat will remove the stubborn weight.

Diet programs are all over TV and on the radio, lose 20 pounds in a week, lose 30 pounds in a week and so on. Losing this much weight in one week is possible but slow and steady removes the pounds. Ask questions, if gaining weight took a year or two years how long will it take to lose the weight, almost the same amount of time when doing it the right way. According the latest medical information losing weight slowly and naturally keeps the weight off and works the best way.

The word diet has a bad stigma attached to it. When you think of a diet you think, eating special foods, not eating or doing something you normally wouldn't and when it is over its OK to go back to the other way of eating. It's all over the news, on talk shows and many doctors are realizing that losing weight is a lifestyle change. Learning how to eat the proper foods and eat well. No starvation, no strange packaged foods. This doesn't mean you can't eat sweets every once in a while.

The first and most important aspect of losing weight is learning how to read labels. When looking at labels look at the ingredients the food is made up of. If there are ingredients and you cannot pronounce them or include them in foods when cooking, this is not food, most likely chemicals. Some foods contain an ingredient called "bht", this is a preservative and it also is used as a pool cleaner. Good rule of thumb is to find foods with 5 or fewer ingredients, if there are couple more this is ok but make sure they are foods you heard of.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Is Cholesterol Dangerous?

Letting you in on something shocking. Cholesterol isn't the major culprit in heart disease. This may be hard to believe after all we have heard about the dangers of high cholesterol from our doctors, and the media. But the truth is, it is not the cholesterol levels themselves or the cholesterol containing foods that are the culprits in heart disease, it is those foods and any other thing that causes inflammation in your body that is the major cause of heart disease (as well as diabetes and high blood pressure).

What is cholesterol and why do we need it?

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. It’s an important part of a healthy body because it’s used to form cell membranes. Cholesterol also aids in the manufacture of bile (which helps digest fats), and is also important for the metabolism of fat soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E and K. It is the major precursor for the synthesis of vitamin D and of the various steroid hormones (which include cortisol and aldosterone in the adrenal glands, and the sex hormones progesterone, the various estrogens, testosterone, and derivatives ).

How could something so good be so bad?

Cholesterol has been wrongly accused because upon inspection of the arteries of someone at risk for a heart attack, levels of cholesterol and plaque build up are very high. Cholesterol is actually being transported to tissues as part of an inflammatory response that is there to repair damage. It will only lodge itself onto the artery and cause plaque if the artery has become damaged. Inflammation in the artery is what causes this damage. In fact, it is now known that the coronary disease that causes heart attacks is now considered to be caused mostly from chronic inflammation.

To blame cholesterol for heart attacks would be the equivalent of blaming increased police security in a high crime area. It was not the police that caused the crime, they were just placed there in response to the crimes.

A more important question to ask ourselves, is how do we decrease the amount of inflammation in our bodies so that cholesterol will not bind to our arteries?

We must decrease all of those things that we do that cause inflammation and increase things that decrease inflammation. First and foremost we must stay away from foods that cause inflammation in our bodies. Any food that causes a fast rise in blood insulin levels will quickly cause inflammation in the body. These foods are sugar, white breads, most dairy products and almost all packaged and processed foods. What does this leave you with? Fresh, wholesome foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean animal proteins, nuts, and lots and lots of water. Also, taking in lots of omega-3 rich foods will dramatically decrease inflammation in the body (salmon, organic eggs, walnuts and sardines).

What about your cholesterol medication?

Some may be thinking, it is just easier to take a pill and not have to change what I am eating. But you may want to think twice considering the side effects of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs). The most common side effects reported are fatigued, headaches, nausea and the most common of them all, severe muscular pains and muscular degeneration. If you remember that cholesterol is essential for the formation of cell membranes, taking a drug that is drastically lowering cholesterol may be causing membrane damage in neural and muscle tissue. Most people on statins complain of neck, back or leg pain.

Millions of Americans are now on cholesterol lowering drugs, but the number of people suffering from heart attacks and heart disease is only increasing. Let’s take a personal responsibility for our health and truly get to the root of the problem. Managing your diet and staying away from those foods that are causing an inflammatory response in your body is your first step to decreasing your chance of heart disease and heart attacks.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Losing Weight With The Makeover of Your Kitchen.

Losing Weight With The Makeover of Your Kitchen.

Where are our foods placed? Where else but the kitchen?

The kitchen is our land of temptation. Where to go when you’re hungry? When you need a snack? That corner of your temptation island where you have placed your treasure chest called the fridge. Open it up. Viola! Glittering treasures you shall find within.

Seriously, the best way to start losing weight, is to start by revamping your kitchen.
Face it people, if you have easier access to the food. If that food is within your radar, you would just grab it and eat it.

What we need to do is to stop making that kitchen an excuse for a temptation island.
Fast food, finger foods, alcoholic beverages, sweets, salty food these are just part of the sparkling treasures you may find in your kitchen.

Do a clean up of that fridge. A cleaner fridge, will create a cleaner mindset. Clean fridge means cleaner food.

Now, you’re starting to ask so what food is on the top 10 list of temptation island that has to go?
Honestly I can’t give you a top 10 list of that.
Food is food, there isn’t really a good food or a bad food. There will only be good and bad times to eat certain food.
Well there are “No – No” Foods which you should avoid at all cost. But I am not going to fully elaborate on that.

Let’s just provide you with a simple guideline on what are the ins, and what are the outs.

Get these out!

PROCESSED FOODS – Yes they last longer. But what are they doing to your body? Processed meat, don’t confuse this as a source for protein. Sausages, pepperoni, bacon and related foods are loaded with the type of fat that will shorten your lifespan, and are also loaded with sodium.

SODAS AND JUICES - excluding or including can be the difference between skinny and fat. Go ahead and read for yourself on your next 'healthy' fruit juice the amount of sugar. You have two ingredients- sugar and water. Seriously we rather you make your own fruit juice.

FROZEN DESSERTS AND ICE CREAM - again, adding more and more sugar, which is one of the biggest treasures you might find on temptation island.

SUGAR AND OIL LADEN SAUCES - whether it is ketchup, barbecue or chili sauce. The majority of nice packaged sauces are quick injections of spiced-up high fructose corn syrup.

You're better off spicing up your meals naturally without all the sugar and extra empty calories.

WHITE FLOUR PRODUCTS - like white bread and bagels - manufacturers first remove the wheat seed's bran, its six outer layers, and the germ, which results in more than 75% of the vitamins and minerals being lost and over 95% of the fiber being lost. It gets worse. What little is left gets bleached in chlorine dioxide to give the bread a shelf life. It is further whitened by adding chalk, alum, and ammonium carbonate to make it feel and look more improved for the customer. (Bet you didn’t know that huh?)

A few synthetic nutrients are then added back into the white flour and labeled 'enriched,' but in reality there has been no real 'enrichment' of the original product, only deception and destruction. Did you know that rats will die within seven to 10 days after being put a diet of white flour?

POTATO CHIPS - a cumulative batch of chemicals to put an enormous amount of strain on the pancreas, which is forced to protect your body from these chemicals.

Get These In

FRUIT - Always go for an assortment of colors and make sure your fridge is always stocked with fresh fruit. Shop for seasonal fruits. It’s better in quality and to save cost. If you can, go for local and organically grown produce.

Examples are apples, grapes, bananas, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, mango, oranges, tangerines, and pineapple.

GRAINS – Here’s the grains that you might want to include: oats (not the instant oatmeal loaded with sugar), oat bran, whole flaxseed, quinoa, whole barley and wheat bran.

MEAT, POULTRY AND FISHES - There are many selections to choose from and the best advice is VARIETY! Eat a wide assortment and do not limit yourself to one shopping center. Rotate your shopping trips to farmers markets, the super-size grocery store and smaller grocery stores. Each will carry a different selection of meats.

MIXED NUTS - These are easy calories and a great source of good fat to balance out your meals. The best sources are peanuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds and pecans. (Please don't get those that are full of sodium. So called preserved nuts.)

- If you know which aisle the chips and cookies are better than where the fresh produce section is then we are in deep trouble. You should be able to pick your vegetables from your local food market with your eyes closed. This should be the one section in the grocery store you are more familiar with than any other. Here are your staples: spinach, broccoli, peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, cucumbers, celery and carrots. Try and aim for the colors of the rainbow - the more VARIETY the better.

SPICES - Here is where the fun comes in. You don't have to be a gourmet chef to know how to use certain spice combination but it may take some experimentation. Focusing on just some of the basics like salt, pepper, fresh garlic, basil, oregano, chili powder, and cinnamon will bring your food to life. Consider this free food and customize your spices to your dish.

BEVERAGES - Get ready to start drinking a lot of water. Invest in filtered water and avoid tap water if you know your local area comes from poor sources.

Secret Tip When Going Grocery Shopping

You would have noticed that the majority of these good clean foods are stocked on the outskirt of the grocery store. While you are at the grocery store you will notice that your trek does not wander into the 'forbidden aisle.' These are the aisles full of the present and future physique challenged. Grocery shopping does not get easier than this once you discover that the best foods are located in the produce and refrigerated section. Avoid going into the middle of the battlefield. Shop in the 'safe zone' to avoid the ambush of pre-packaged food and processed carbs, sugar and bad fats.

Create a Nutritional Plan and Follow It

Have you heard of the saying, "Make your plan and than work the plan." It's quite powerful if taken seriously and applied wholeheartedly. Once you have decided on the plan, right for you, stop seeking and tweaking. Stop trying to 'perfect' it and simply follow what you have.

Your biggest obstacle will be keeping a 90% adherence to the program. Commit to following the program for at least 90% of the time. That means if you are eating four times a day, you will be eating a total of 28 times per week. 90% com pliancy means you don't mess up more than three times in the entire week! Puts a new perspective on why you might have not succeeded the past few years...

Follow the plan for at least 4 weeks straight. Lesser than that its just too short to come with any conclusions of whether it’s a good or a bad plan.


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